December 17, 2003


Iowahawk. A personal friend, possessed of more cool than is healthy for any human. Conclusion: he is from deep space. You know those redneck haikus you've giggled at for years? He wrote 'em.

Vikki McNaughton. Ferocious conservatism from a young Australian babe. Prisoners will not be taken, although you really should take Vikki's Mark Latham poll.

God It Sucks. Specialises in pungent movie reviews. Sample: "Has Sandra Bullock ever been in a good movie? No, but if there's any better reason to become an alcoholic than actually realizing you just wasted 2 hours of your life on '28 Days', I can't think of it."

Posted by Tim Blair at December 17, 2003 02:05 AM

Go IOWAHAWK! Damn, that guy can make me laugh like no one else can.

And, wait a second, I quite enjoyed "28 Days"! Perhaps I was drunk?

Posted by: KevinV at December 17, 2003 at 02:08 AM

Sandra Bullock was in one good movie, anyway - I forget its title but she plays a cop with the personality of a rattlesnake who has to impersonate a Miss America contestant. It was pretty funny (though the real star of the show was Michael Caine, come to think of it).

And what's with ``there are no British sex symbols''? What about Sean Connery, who at 70+ is hotter than all the young pups put together?

Posted by: Annalucia at December 17, 2003 at 02:28 AM

Connery is Scottish, dammit!

Posted by: Crank at December 17, 2003 at 03:49 AM

Uh, last I checked "British" includes those who are Scots. In Connery's case, against his will, perhaps, but, nevertheless, the usage is correct.

Posted by: KevinV at December 17, 2003 at 04:32 AM

Let's not leave out Pierce Brosnan because 1.) He's a British Sex Symbol and 2.) He's been married to the same woman for quite some time now, which is unusual enough amongst people in the entertainment business that I feel the need to point it out. Oh, and did I mention that he's the best James Bond since Sean Connery?

Posted by: Sarah from Oklahoma at December 17, 2003 at 05:03 AM

1. Yes, I know Scotland is part of Britain. I thought the context suggested he was referring to Englishmen, which is often the usage intended by Americans, at least.

2. Brosnan's Irish.

Posted by: Crank at December 17, 2003 at 05:17 AM

Most Americans use British as a synonym for English.

I also thought 28 Days was bad. Really really bad. But not bad enough to be enjoyable, just bad.

Posted by: Jeremy at December 17, 2003 at 07:10 AM

I love how "Ferocious conservatism" is meant as a compliment!

Thanks, Tim!

Posted by: Vikki at December 17, 2003 at 07:38 AM

I had no idea that we Americans meant "English" when we said "British". I thought our word for the English was "English". What do we mean when we say "Australian"? New South Wales-ish?

Posted by: KevinV at December 17, 2003 at 08:44 AM

I can't believe you linked to that Vikki girl, Tim. Did you not see the link she has to the Carlton football club? I must say I'm well impressed by your 'tolerance'.

Posted by: Scott Wickstein at December 17, 2003 at 10:42 AM

The movie where Sandra Bullock was an undercover cop in a beauty pageant was "Miss Congeniality." Sandra Bullock lives in the same town I live in, so every body here just loves her. Every time I see a Sandra Bullock movie, though, it's like I'm being stabbed in the eyes with icepicks.

I'm not sure what I think about Sean Connery. He's done great stuff, but is playing a Russian submarine commander, a 1920's Irish cop in Chicago, or a 5000 year old Egyptian immortal living in Spain, all with a Scottish accent, really all that convincing?

Posted by: Benjamin at December 17, 2003 at 01:15 PM

Gee that Vikki chick sure is one helluva skanky-ho. I luv it when they are just plain dirty and slutty. Go for it Vikki, yo hornbag!

Posted by: Karl at December 17, 2003 at 02:30 PM

Re: Sandra Bullock

I won't comment on the quality of her movies, but I think her performances in "Demolition Man," and "Miss Congeniality" were quite charming. A couple of months ago, she was a guest on "The Jay Leno Show." The audience was filled with soldiers. One soldier stood up and shouted that he'd been dared to ask her for a hug. She looked over at Jay, and then ran up into the audience and gave him a hard and sincere hug, to the cheers and whistles of the audience. She was both thoughtfull and funny for the entire show. It was clear that, while you might not be able to boff her at the end, she would be one hell of a fun date. It was also clear, that if things ever got serious, there was actually a there, there. This is not a conclusion I would reach with most Hollywood types.

Posted by: CGeib at December 17, 2003 at 05:33 PM

"I can't believe you linked to that Vikki girl, Tim. Did you not see the link she has to the Carlton football club? I must say I'm well impressed by your 'tolerance'."

Let's be honest here. Collingwood (ergo, Tim) have no reason to feel threatend-- Carlton sucks that much.

Or maybe he just feels sorry for me.

Posted by: Vikki at December 17, 2003 at 05:44 PM

I second what CGeib said.

Oh, and Sandra's character in "Demolition Man" described Arnie becoming president within the movie:

Stallone: "Stop! He was President?"
Bullock: "Yes. Even though he was not born in this country, his popularity at the time caused the 61st Amendment…"

Posted by: Andjam at December 17, 2003 at 10:02 PM

I love Sandra's movie While You Were Sleeping -- but it is a major chick flick. Miss Congenaliaty is probably my second favorite of hers, but I haven't seen many (the one with Sandra and Ben Affleck and the big storm is just kind of . . . strange).

BTW, I am am American, and think of British and English as the same, just off the top of my head. Further concentration on the subject makes me think that British may include all of the British isles, or maybe all British subjects??

Posted by: Sarah at December 18, 2003 at 01:56 PM

I very well know that British includes all of Great Britain, but I also think English when I think or say British. It's shorthand.

Posted by: RC at December 20, 2003 at 02:37 AM